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Creative Coordination

Tia's Tip: Create cards faster when you take time to coordinate cardstock, design papers and inks BEFORE you begin coloring.

It never fails, I find time to sit down at my craft table with a project in mind (ex. a co-worker's birthday). I select my stamps and am magically whisked away to the world of COPIC coloring. Then I spend hours I don't have attempting to coordinate paper to match the colors I've laid down.

Maybe you're doing the same thing. What I know (but struggle to follow) is a major design tip I learned from the talented (and hilarious) Jennifer Dove, of Dove Design Studios and COPIC Boot Camp Workshops. Jennifer recommends selecting your cardstock and design papers after you've selected your stamped images and then select the COPIC inks that coordinate! (KISS-keep it simple silly). You could also grab design papers you're dying to work with (we all have that stash) and pair with a stamp or stamp set and then go match up those COPICS.


My goal was to make a birthday card for a female friend. I wanted to challenge myself by also creating a shaker card. I selected a color palette to start with.

I knew I wanted to use this great image and sentiment from #kindredstamps and their Blonde and Ambitious set.

I selected coordinating COPICS and kept them separated in a cup. I'm able to add & subtract colors from my cup as I color (and change my mind). When I'm done, I know what COPICS I used for my final image and log it for future reference.

If you are trying to build up your stash of cards now is the time to multi-stamp your image and get several colored at once. You already have the papers picked out, so you can replicate several cards or create several varied card layouts.

COPICS USED: Skin: E00;E21;E11;BV00

Eyes: B23

Hair: Y21;Y24

Clothes: RV21; RV23; RV13

Dog: E53;E34

Thanks for reading! Take time to create something today.


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